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LETTER XXIX.

Dorcas Jenkins to the Miss Vernons.

My dear young Mistresses,

I HAVE had it in my mind to write every day, but something or other has always happend to hinder me, and then I be a very slow writer as you do know, and tis mortul cold to sit up stairs, and I can never write when any body is by, so you may be sure, 'twas not because I did not bear you in mind that you have not heard. To be certain, I must lose my senses before I can forget my young ladies. We have had a strange rumpus here since you have been gone; nothing do never go right when miss Maria is out of the way. My master is as cross as two sticks athwart; and enough to make him for matter of that, for to be sure, nobody do like to pay money for nothing, tho' for that matter master if he cou'd help it would not pay it for something. I never liked that Mr. Curtis; he always look'd so sheepishly some how. I knowd what wod come of Nanny and he being so great. I told master I thought as how she lookd pretty biggish; but he only laughd at me, and thought he knowd better. But however, the day after as sure as fivepence she went before the justice, and swared she was with child by master. 'Twas no use for master to deny it. He turned her out of doors, but he is obliged to pay for her lying in, and the maintenance of the child when born. Now as

me, and we hobble about the bouse
as well as we can. He wanted me
to do all the work, but alack-a-day,
I am not able; and so I told master:
I must be maintained now without
doing much work; and I know
when my young mistresses marry I
shall without grudging. I be some-
times very low-spirited, and. can't
help it, to think how miss Maria
have been disappointed by the colonel.
But I forgot I was never to mention
it. To be sure, I cannot but won-
der in my own mind. I have had a
parcel of dreams lately that I dont
like; but I think of what you do
always tell me, that I must not mind
them, and yet I can't help it. That
tall gentleman in black, Dixon, I be-
lieve his name iş, called here lately,
and there was a lady with him, a very
fine-looking one too.
They asked if
master was at home, so I shewd
them into the parlour, and calld
master from the counting-house.
To be sure, I was very curious to
know what the business was; so
what did I do but listen at the door
a bit, and pick'd out a little. Mas-
ter did not know the lady, because
I heard Mr. Dixon say, this lady is
a widow whose husband died in
Jamaica two years ago. She has a
very large fortune in the plantations
there, but has no one to secure it for
her. I thought, perhaps, you might
be able to advise her how to act in
the business. I could not hear what
master said, but it was something
about considering of it; and the
lady thanked him many times. They
staid about an hour, and master
seemed in a brown study all day
after. And this is all I know about

not say.

There ap

ing what he says, or what he do had each ten thousand pounds left

them by an uncle of their father's, I began this letter a week agoe, but that Mrs. Meadows saved for but was determined to finish it by them as much as though they were the twentieth of January, which is wholly dependent. By this time we to-day, because it is miss Harriet's were arrived at a handsome house, birth-day; so wishing her many and conducted by a smart servant happy birth-days, and many happy out of livery into a parlour, where years to both, I remain your loving sat Mrs. Meadows and her two nurse and dutiful servant,

danghters, one at the harpsichord, Dorcas Jenkins. the other drawing, accompanied by

two masters. She received her sister

in a formal cool manner, and the LETTER XXX.

two misses made each a stiff board.

ing-school courtesy to their aunt. Miss Harriet Vernon 10 Miss West. Mrs. Wilson informed her who we

were, but she was, or pretended to I TAKB up my pen again, dear be, a total stranger to the name and Susan, to inform you of our pro- connexion. She asked no question ceedings at B. Hall. We have put about us, and began acquainting us a little life into Mr. Wilson, who is with the great improvements the really a very good sort of a man, young ladies had made since they and grows on our liking: he behaves had last seen their aunt. so well to his peevish, perverse-tein- pears nothing engaging in the perpered wife, that I cannot but admire sons or manners of these girls, who the patience of his disposition. She seemed to be about twelve and fourowns herself much happier with him teen years old, neither were their than with either of her other hus- performances above mediocrity; but bands. We have made several vin ihe mother had no eyes for any sits in the neighbourhood, but are other object than them and their obliged to be careful not to ex- employments. In a few minutes the press a wish to go to any particular son entered the room, and presented place, as it is sure not to be grante to our view a finished fop. He aped. I have found one good thing in pears to be about twenty, and has this very whimsical woman; she is just left his studies at the university. generous by starts, and has made us After bowing to his aunt with an air some small presents, but she cer- he thought wonderfully genteel, he tainly has not a fixed principle of begged to be introduced to her fair generosity

companions; and, seating himself A few days after I wrote my last, by me, sat staring in my face with we set out in the coach to visit our an insolent impertinence, whilst his other cousin, Mrs. Meadows. Mr. mother observed that he grew taller Wilson did not accompany us. The and taller every day, and asked Mrs. sisters, I found in the course of the Wilson's opinion how he would look ride, were not on the best terms. in regimentais. The particular atMrs. Wilson said a few visits passed tention paid me by my sweet beau between them in the course of the induced Mrs. Meadows to look in year, but her sister was so taken up my face, an honour she had not bewith her own concerns, that she fore done to either of us. Aever paid any attention to hers. glad to be relieved by Mrs. Wilson's She informed us that her children rising to take leave. We were not

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She describes her as very learned, very conceited, very proud, and, what in her opinion is much worse, very plain. The poor servants here lead a wearisome life, and seldom continue longer than six months. The parlour bell is now ringing most violently for the maid up stairs, and the girl is walking down as leisurely as possible. Why don't you run, girl' said I; 'your mistress is certainly very ill. The girl laughed.— 'Oh no, miss,' said she, it is only madam's way; she rings as loud ten times a day, and all for nothing at all.'

We last week received a letter from Dorcas, and as I think you will be diverted by its simplicity, as well as by an accident that has befallen our brother, I will enclose it.

Bless me, here is a chaise stopped at the door, and a very genteel young man alighting! A lady, too, in deep mourning! It must be miss Jones, to be sure. I must hasten down to be introduced.

Eleven o'clock. I am come up to bed, but before I sleep, I must tell you about miss Jones; I am sure I shall not sleep for thinking of her.

By the time I had reached the parJour the lady and gentleman were seated, together with Mrs. Wilson and Maria. On my entrance a profound silence struck me with a seeming awe, and threw my features into a serious cast. After making my compli ments by a courtesy, which was returned by a stiff bend of the body by the lady, and a genteel bow from the gentleman, who reached me a chair, I took my seat. The lady concealed her face with a white handkerchief, on which however I

of assisting her head. The silence was at length broken by the gentle man observing that the roads were very heavy. They are indeed much soiled,' said miss Jones, 'by the great descent of frozen water, which has obscured the hemisphere for some days past.'

We have had snow here,' said Mrs. Wilson.

'I mean,' replied miss Jones, what is vulgarly called snow, by the expression of frozen water.'

'You are so learned!' said Mrs, Wilson, with a sneer.—' Pray, was your mother sensible to the last?'

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She continued,' replied miss Jones, in the possession of that invaluable blessing, reason, to the last; and, to use the expression of Dr. Goldsmith, she

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Sank to the grave with unperceiv'd decay, Whilst resignation gently slop'd the way.'

Just as this speech was finished Mr. Wilson entered. He approached the lady, took her hand, and was going to salute her: but she drew back her hand, turned away her face, and observed that there was no occasion for that familiarity. He turn ed on his heel, and shook hands with the gentleman, whose name I then found to be Beaumont: he told him he was heartily glad to see him; it was an unexpected pleasure, for which he supposed he was indebted to his fair cousin, looking at miss Jones: By this observation I guessed he was a lover of the lady. I had already seen enough of her to guess also that her twenty thousand

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the continuance of his company, although he had not requested it by letter. Mrs. Wilson frowned.-He thanked him, but said it was his intention to return home the next. day; he would however take a ride sometimes, and pay the ladies and him a visit.

Mis. Wilson said her head was so indifferent that she could not bear much talking, and proposed that we and miss Jones should retire up stairs till dinner. We did so, and endeavoured to become acquainted with the lady; but she was so extremely formal and reserved, that we found it impossible.-Conceive a tall thin figure, about twenty-five (which I find is her age, though I should have guessed her to be near forty), with a face pale as death, jet-black hair, features not in themselves disagreeable, but made so by a satirical sneer, and a habit of looking cross and fretful. She walks with such a solemn slow pace, one would think that she was in the train of a funeral.

After we had been together an hour, during which time she had not uttered a single sentence, she observed, that Mrs. Wilson was a most ignorant ill-behaved woman; that nothing but necessity could have induced her to make the visit, for that she had taken a house that would not be fit to inhabit these eight or ten weeks. She might, indeed, have been at Mr. Beaumont's mother's; but as only a platonic love subsisted between her son and herself, she feared that by going

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have received an education some- quested by Mrs. Wilson to stay, at thing above the vulgar part of the least, the remainder of the week. community. From the little I have And now, my dear Susan, have I heard you say, you are not ignorant not for the present given you a speof language. - We understand none cimen of the whole party? I hope but our own,' said Maria.

I ani not, or ever shall be, ill-na"And I fear are not great pro. turedly satirical ; but indeed I think ficients in thai,' added I.

such characters as Mrs. Wilson and 'I,' said miss Jones, with an miss Jones deserve to be held up to emphasis, know the derivation of ridicule: and now I shall close this every word in the English tongue.' pacquet, and resign myself to sleep,

• Really! that must be very enter- it being past midnight." With every taining,' said I, 'with great indif- good wish, ference.

I remain yours affectionally, In this manner we conversed, or

H. VERXON. rather talked; for little I was the N. B. I must not omit to inform hero on miss Jones's side, who, not you, that colonel Ambrose has rewithstanding her learning, did not ceived a letter from Charles Went. seem inclined to communicate any worth, who is safely arrived and part of it to us, whom she seemed to well. regard with great contempt, calling Maria's spirits are much mended us young women, and regretting since hearing this. that she could never form an ac

(To be continued.) quaintance with her own sex, or find, go where she would, females who had received an education and had acquir. ed sentiments congenial to her own.

ON THE LION. At dinner some Latin sentences passed between the two gentlemen and miss Jones, which highly displeased Mrs. Wilson, who observed, DOCTOR THORNTON, and I thought very justly, that if people could not talk plain English Author of Botany for Ladies, . when abroad, they ought to stay at home.

THE lion was early introduced In the evening we played cards, into menageries. Being the king and Mrs. Wilson losing, was in among animals, the subjugation of it worse humour than

Mr. evinced the superiority of man, and Beaumont, however, by a most proved him to be in truth, The lucky speech, set all to rights.- lord of the Creation.' As menageries • Do not, dear madam,' said he, we

were first established by princes, who • spoil one of the finest faces in the in times of peace enjoyed the sports world, by looking out of temper.' — of hunting, and extended their conThis compliment to her face at the quests over powerful animals, the expence of her temper might have lion, confined in dens, evinced to offended another woman; but it put their dependents the greatness of her in such perfect good humour their power, and added fresh laurels the whole evening, that we passe to those obtained by achievements ed it very agreeably; and before in war. we parted Mr. Beaumont was re- The male lion has a most superb

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